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RigNet Inc (RNET.OQ)

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Summary

Name Age Since Current Position

James Browning

69 2012 Independent Chairman of the Board

Steven Pickett

54 2016 President, Chief Executive Officer, Director

Kevin O'Hara

57 2016 Vice Chairman of the Board

Lee Ahlstrom

2018 Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President

Brad Eastman

50 2017 Senior Vice President, General Counsel

James Barnett

2019 Senior Vice President of Government Services

Benjamin Carter

37 2018 Interim Principal Accounting Officer

Trent Jabbia

2017 Vice President of North America Sales

Rajesh Salem

2015 Vice President - Strategy & Marketing

Pal Jensen

Vice president - Energy Maritime

Edward Traupman

67 2016 Vice President, Systems Integration & Automation

Jay Hilbert

58 2016 Chief Sales Officer

Gail Smith

58 2018 Director

Mattia Caprioli

45 2013 Independent Director

Charles Davis

52 2005 Independent Director

Ditlef de Vibe

65 2011 Independent Director

Kevin Mulloy

59 2012 Independent Director

Keith Olsen

61 2010 Independent Director

Brent Whittington

47 2010 Independent Director

Biographies

Name Description

James Browning

Mr. James H. Browning is Independent Chairman of the Board of RigNet, Inc. Mr. Browning has served on our Board since December 2010, and he has served as the Chairman of our Board since 2012. Mr. Browning previously served as a partner at KPMG LLP, an international accounting firm, from July 1980 until his retirement in September 2009. During Mr. Browning’s thirty-eight year career at KPMG LLP his leadership roles included serving as KPMG’s Southwest Area Professional Practice Partner, SEC Reviewing Partner and as Partner in Charge of KPMG LLP’s New Orleans audit practice. Mr. Browning received a B.S. degree in Business Administration from Louisiana State University and is a Certified Public Accountant. He currently serves on the boards of Texas Capital Bancshares, Inc., a publicly traded financial holding company and Herc Holdings, Inc., a publicly traded full service equipment rental company. He previously served on the board of Endeavour International Corporation, a publicly traded international oil and gas exploration and production company. Mr. Browning brings a wealth of knowledge dealing with financial and accounting matters to our Board as well as extensive knowledge of the role of public company boards of directors.

Steven Pickett

Mr. Steven E Pickett is President, Chief Executive Officer, Director of the Company. Mr. Pickett has served as the CEO and President since joining the Company in May 2016 and as a director since June 2016. Before joining RigNet, from March 2015 through May 2016, Mr. Pickett was the CEO and President of 21st Century Towers, a new entrant in the wireless infrastructure market. From December 2013 through February 2015, Mr. Pickett served as the CEO of WesTower Communications, North America’s second largest tower construction and maintenance company until its acquisition by MasTec. Prior to WesTower, he was the CEO and President of Telmar Network Technology from July 2008 until December 2013. Mr. Pickett’s prior leadership roles include Senior Vice President/General Manager of Alcatel-Lucent’s Optical Network Division and Vice President of Sales at Alcatel. Mr. Pickett earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from Tufts University and a Master of Business Administration degree from The Kellogg Graduate School of Management at Northwestern University. Mr. Pickett brings a wealth of experience in the communications industry to our Board and Company as well as experience running a growing company.

Kevin O'Hara

Mr. Kevin J. O'Hara is Vice Chairman of the Board of the Company. O'Hara has been a RigNet board director since 2010. Kevin J. O’Hara has served on our Board since December 2010. Mr. O’Hara joined Congruex, LLC, a provider of technology engineering and underground construction services, as the Executive Chairman in November 2017. Prior to that he served as President, Chief Executive Officer and Director of Integra, a communications provider. He served on Integra’s Board beginning in December 2009, was appointed Chairman of the Board in March 2011 and was named CEO in December 2011. Mr. O’Hara left Integra in September 2014. Prior to joining Integra, he was a co-founder and Chairman of the Board of Troppus Software Corporation, an early stage software company providing technical solutions to service providers that support home technology and networks, from March 2009 until a major service provider acquired it in January 2011. Mr. O’Hara also served on the Board of Directors of Elemental Technologies, Inc., a leading provider of video processing solutions for broadcast and on-line video customers from January 2011 until October 2016, serving as Chairman from August 2011 until October 2016. Prior to that, Mr. O’Hara was a co-founder of Level 3 Communications, Inc., a provider of IP-based communications services to enterprise, content, government and wholesale customers, and served in various leadership roles including President, Chief Operating Officer and Executive Vice President. Prior to that, Mr. O’Hara served as President and Chief Executive Officer of MFS Global Network Services, Inc., Senior Vice President of MFS, President of MFS Development, Inc., and Vice President of MFS Telecom, Inc. Mr. O’Hara has a Master of Business Administration from the University of Chicago and a Bachelor of Science in Electrical Engineering from Drexel University. Mr. O’Hara brings a wealth of experience in the communications industry to our Board as well as experience running a public company.

Lee Ahlstrom

Mr. Lee Michael Ahlstrom is Chief Financial Officer, Senior Vice President of the Company. Prior to joining the Company, Mr. Ahlstrom most recently served as Senior Vice President and Chief Financial Officer for Paragon Offshore Ltd. (“Paragon”) and from 2014-2016, he served as Paragon’s Senior Vice President of Investor Relations, Strategy and Planning. From 2011-2014, Mr. Ahlstrom served as Senior Vice President of Strategic Development for Noble Corporation (“Noble”) and from 2006-20014 as Vice President of Investor Relations and Planning. Prior to joining Noble, Mr. Ahlstrom served as the Director of Investor Relations for Burlington Resources beginning in 2005 and in a variety of roles, including Manager of Strategy and Planning, Manager of Investor Relations and Executive Assistant to the President and Chief Operating Officer for Unocal from 2002-2005. From 1998-2002, he was a consultant with McKinsey and Company. Mr. Ahlstrom began his career in 1991 with Exxon where he held a variety of engineering positions. He holds both a Bachelor’s and a Master’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Delaware. Mr. Ahlstrom also currently serves as chairman of the board of directors for the National Investor Relations Institute (NIRI) and holds NIRI’s Investor Relations Charter (IRC™) credential.

Brad Eastman

Mr. Brad Neal Eastman serves as Senior Vice President, General Counsel of the Company. Brad Eastman has served as our Senior Vice President and General Counsel since October 30, 2017. Prior to that, Mr. Eastman served as General Counsel of the Cameron Group of Schlumberger Limited following Schlumberger's acquisition of Cameron International in April 2016 until October 2017. Prior to the acquisition, Mr. Eastman served in various positions in the Cameron legal department, most recently as Vice President and Deputy General Counsel of Cameron International from June 2011 until April 2016. Mr. Eastman also held leadership positions of Vice President, General Counsel and Corporate Secretary of Input/Output, Inc. from 2001 until 2004 and Vice President, Secretary and General Counsel of Quanta Services from 1998 until 2001. Mr. Eastman received a Bachelor degree from the University of Texas at Austin and a Juris Doctorate from Harvard University.

James Barnett

Mr. James Arden Barnett is Senior Vice President of Government Services of the company. Before joining RigNet, Admiral Barnett was a partner with Venable LLP, a regulatory law practice based in Washington D.C., where he chaired the telecommunications group. In 2015, he was named a Top Lawyer in Washington for Cybersecurity by Washingtonian Magazine. Prior to that, Barnett was the Senior Vice President for National Security Policy at the Potomac Institute for Policy Studies where he was responsible for the leadership in research studies and business development that focused on policy issues related to national security, cybersecurity, and homeland security. Barnett retired from the United States Navy as a Rear Adm. after serving 32 years as a surface warfare officer; his last duty assignment was Deputy Commander of the Navy Expeditionary Combat Command. Upon retiring from the Navy, Barnett was named Chief of the Federal Communications Commission's Public Safety and Homeland Security Bureau. He was responsible for FCC activities related to public safety, cybersecurity, homeland security, and emergency management. He also led the effort to develop a nationwide, interoperable public safety broadband network for first responders: FirstNet.

Benjamin Carter

Mr. Ben Carter is Interim Principal Accounting Officer of the company. He has served as the Director of Accounting and Financial Reporting since March of 2017. From May 2013 to February 2017, he served as the Company’s Corporate Controller and as Assistant Controller from June 2011 until April 2013. Prior to joining the Company in 2009, Mr. Carter worked in the audit practice of Deloitte & Touche. Mr. Carter is a certified public accountant and holds a Master of Science in finance and a Bachelor of Science in accounting from Texas A&M University.

Trent Jabbia

Mr. Jabbia J. Jabbia is Vice President of North America Sales of the company. He brings over 18 years of professional experience with companies in the upstream oilfield services sector. During Trent's 12-year tenure at RigNet, he has held positions as a Field Engineer, Sales Executive, Offshore Sales Team Lead, and a Global Sales Executive. Prior to joining RigNet in 2005, Mr. Jabbia worked as a Senior Technical Professional for Halliburton, where he led a crew of service operator technicians in conducting highly technical downhole acquisition services at remote well sites on land and in the Gulf of Mexico. Mr. Jabbia holds a Bachelor's of Science in Electrical Engineering from the University of Louisiana at Lafayette.

Rajesh Salem

Mr. Rajesh Salem is Vice President - Strategy & Marketing of the Company. Salem has had a long and successful career in strategy development and marketing at firms that include McKinsey, United Technologies, Panduit and Sears. Most recently, he served as head of Strategy & Marketing for Sears Commercial, a business unit of Sears Holding Corporation. In addition, he earlier served as director, Global Strategic Marketing at Stratos Broadband (later known as Inmarsat Enterprise Energy), which RigNet acquired in January 2014. He holds a Bachelor of Technology in Civil Engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, a Master of Science in Civil Engineering / Transportation from West Virginia University and an MBA from the University of Chicago's Booth School of Business.

Pal Jensen

Mr. Pal B. Jensen has been appointed as Vice president - Energy Maritime of RigNet, Inc. Jensen has more than 15 years of global experience in the remote communications industry. His most recent executive position was as president of the Maritime Division at Harris CapRock Communications. Prior to that he was vice president of Maritime Sales at CapRock. Earlier in his career, he was vice president at Telenor Satellite Services, where he was responsible for leading the SeaLink division, which served the energy maritime market. Jensen also was sales director at Nera Networks and spent 14 years at IBM in various roles of increasing responsibility, culminating in the position of director, IBM Global Services. Jensen holds a Bachelor's degree in Business Administration from BI Norwegian Business School.

Edward Traupman

Mr. Edward Traupman is Vice President, Systems Integration & Automation of the Company. Edward Traupman has served as our Vice President, Systems Integration since joining RigNet on November 7, 2016. Prior to that, he served as the Vice President and General Manager for Telmar Network Technology from January 2007 through February 2016. Mr. Traupman has also served in various management positions with companies such as Carrius Technologies, Rapid5 Networks and DSC Communications. He received a Master of Science degree in Computer Science and a Bachelor degree in Mathematics from the Southern Methodist University.

Jay Hilbert

Mr. Jay T. Hilbert is Chief Sales Officer of the Company. Prior to joining the CompanyJay Hilbert has served as our Senior Vice President, Sales since joining RigNet on November 7, 2016. Prior to that, Mr. Hilbert served as Senior Vice President of Business Development and Sales - Airvana Business Unit for CommScope Holding Company, Inc., a global provider of wireless solutions from January 2015 until November 2016; Senior Vice President of Global Sales for Cambium Networks from January 2012 through December 2014; and Senior Vice President of Sales and Marketing for Telmar Network Technology from 2007 through 2011. Mr. Hilbert also served in sales leadership positions for Spirent Communications and Somera Communications. Mr. Hilbert received a Bachelor of Science degree in Engineering Management from the University of North Dakota.

Gail Smith

Ms. Gail Smith has been appointed Director of the Company effective January 17, 2018. Gail P. Smith joined our Board on January 17, 2018. Ms. Smith founded the Cavell Group, a convergence, mobility and cloud research and consulting firm, in 2002 and continues to serve as a director. Prior to that, Ms. Smith served as Corporate Group Vice President and President, Europe of Level 3 Communications and held product marketing and strategy roles at MFS International. Ms. Smith has worked and managed operations in both the U.S. and Europe. She holds a Masters degree in International Business from Tufts University and Bachelor’s degree in Economics and Political Science from Claremont McKenna College. Ms. Smith brings extensive technical, operational and strategic leadership experience to the Board.

Mattia Caprioli

Mr. Mattia Caprioli is Independent Director of RigNet, Inc. Mr. Caprioli is a Member of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. (KKR). Mattia Caprioli has served on our Board since October 2013. Mr. Caprioli is a member of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co. L.P. (“KKR”) responsible for its Business Services industry team in Europe. Mr. Caprioli has held leadership roles in many KKR investments including Legrand, Toys ‘R’ Us, Alliance Boots, Inaer and Bond (now Avincis) since 2001. He also currently serves on the Boards of PortAventura and SBB Telemach and previously served on the Board of Legrand. Prior to joining KKR, Mr. Caprioli was with Goldman Sachs International in London, where he was involved in a broad array of mergers, acquisitions and financings across a variety of industries. He holds a Master of Science degree from L. Bocconi University, Milan, Italy. Mr. Caprioli brings a diverse international background with extensive business services expertise to the Board.

Charles Davis

Mr. Charles L. Davis is Independent Director of Rignet Inc. Charles L. Davis has served as a member of our Board of Directors since June 2005. Mr. Davis has been a partner in Houston Ventures, formerly known as SMH Private Equity Group, a United States-based investment firm that funds companies that apply technology solutions in the energy sector, since December 2004. Mr. Davis received a Bachelor’s degree in Business from Washington and Lee University and is a Certified Public Accountant in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Mr. Davis brings experience in finance, accounting and investment banking to our Board as well as a Q of experience in the energy industry.

Ditlef de Vibe

Mr. Ditlef de Vibe is Independent Director of RigNet, Inc. Mr. de Vibe served as managing partner of Kistefos Venture Capital, a venture capital firm that primarily invests in the IT and telecommunications industries. Since leaving Kistefos Venture Capital, Mr. de Vibe’s principal occupation is as an independent investor and board member for several private Norwegian companies. From 2007 to 2008, Mr. de Vibe also served as Chief Executive Officer of Global IP Solutions (GIPS) Holdings AB, a company that was publicly traded in Norway until its sale to Google, Inc. From 1996 to 2001, Mr. de Vibe served in various capacities with IBM, including IBM’s Director of Network Outsourcing EMEA from 1999 to 2001, Director of Network Service Sales EMEA from 1998 to 1999, and Director of Network Outsourcing Services EMEA from 1996 to 1998. He holds a Master of Science degree from the University of Oslo.

Kevin Mulloy

Mr. Kevin C. Mulloy is Independent Director of RigNet Inc. Kevin Mulloy has served on our Board since March 2012. Mr. Mulloy joined Blue Ridge Partners, a consulting firm advising private equity clients and general businesses on growth and revenue issues, in February 2017 as a consulting partner. Mr. Mulloy previously served as Executive Vice President of Corporate Development at Presidio, Inc., an advanced information technology professional and managed services company, from July 2011 to May 2013. Prior to that, Mr. Mulloy served as President of Presidio Managed Networks, the managed services business at Presidio, from June 2008 to July 2011, and from September 2007 to June 2008 he served as the Executive Vice President of Operational Strategy for Presidio. Prior to joining Presidio, Mr. Mulloy held leadership roles with Intelsat S.A., a provider of satellite services worldwide, including President of Intelsat Global Service Corporation and Senior Vice President of Strategy, Business Development and M&A. Mr. Mulloy’s experience also includes ten years with McKinsey & Company, a management consulting firm; three years with Gould Inc., an aerospace and defense company; and more than five years in the United States Navy, serving in the Surface Nuclear Propulsion branch of the Navy. Mr. Mulloy has a BSME from the US Naval Academy and an MBA from Wharton, University of Pennsylvania. Mr. Mulloy brings extensive operational satellite, telecommunications and information technology infrastructure experience to the Board.

Keith Olsen

Mr. Keith Olsen is Independent Director of RigNet Inc. Mr. Olsen has served on our Board since December 2010. Since June 2013, Mr. Olsen has served as Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of vXchnge Holdings LLC, a private company offering data center services. Mr. Olsen previously served as Chief Executive Officer, President and Director of Switch and Data Facilities Company, Inc., a NASDAQ listed company, which provided network-neutral data centers that house, power and interconnect the Internet, from February 2004 to May 2010, when Switch and Data Facilities Company, Inc. was acquired by Equinix, Inc. Prior to that, Mr. Olsen served as a Vice President of AT&T, where he was responsible for indirect sales and global sales channel management and as Vice President of Graphnet, Inc., a provider of integrated data messaging technology and services. Mr. Olsen has a Bachelor’s degree from the State University of New York, Geneseo. Mr. Olsen brings experience in running a public company to our Board as well as a wealth of experience in the communications industry. .

Brent Whittington

Mr. Brent K. Whittington is Independent Director of Rignet Inc. Mr. Whittington has served as the Chief Operating Officer of Windstream Corporation, a publicly traded communications company providing phone, high-speed Internet and high-definition digital TV services, from August 2009 to September 2014. Prior to that, Mr. Whittington served as the Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Windstream Corporation from July 2006 to August 2009. From December 2005 to July 2006, Mr. Whittington served as Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Windstream Corporation’s predecessor, Alltel Holding Corp. From 2002 to August 2005, Mr. Whittington served as Vice President of Finance and Accounting of Alltel Corporation, parent company of Alltel Holding Corp and, from August 2005 to December 2005, Mr. Whittington also served as the Senior Vice President-Operations Support of Alltel Corporation. Prior to joining Alltel, Mr. Whittington was with Arthur Andersen LLP for over eight years. Mr. Whittington has a degree in accounting from the University of Arkansas at Little Rock.